A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

If built, the Thai canal would necessarily shift Asia’s maritime strategic dynamics by bypassing Malacca, one of the US’ chief strategic advantages vis-à-vis China at sea

Ex-top brass appeal to new King Vajiralongkorn to bless building the long-envisioned Kra canal; China is keen to start digging General Saiyud Kerdphol, the military engineer of Thailand’s winning Cold War-era anticommunism campaign, believes now is the time to build the Kra canal – a long-envisioned channel through the country’s southern isthmus that would connect … Continue reading A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

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An Inside Look At The New Crossroads Of Eurasia: Azerbaijan’s New Port Of Baku

Wade Shepard The place was literally and figuratively a crossroads. It wasn’t just the point where north-south highways and rail lines met their east-west compliments but the turning point of an entire nation going in a new direction. Extending out from the west bank of the Caspian Sea, the New Port of Baku at Alyat … Continue reading An Inside Look At The New Crossroads Of Eurasia: Azerbaijan’s New Port Of Baku

Polar Silk Road: Why Russia’s Northern Sea Route is the Best Option for China

Russia's Northern Sea Route emerges as the best option for Beijing's "Polar Silk Road" project, RIA Novosti contributor Dmitry Lekukh underscores. Besides developing the secure transit routes along the Russian Arctic and Far East, Moscow and Beijing are likely to bolster the exploration of natural reserves in the region, he noted. China's newly announced "Polar … Continue reading Polar Silk Road: Why Russia’s Northern Sea Route is the Best Option for China

Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam

China clearly has the financial advantage, to a point where economists have expressed public concern that China’s outward direct investment deals do not provide sufficient returns and that state-owned enterprises are not held responsible if a project fails.

While often portrayed as a pliant client to its larger neighbors, Vientiane's balancing act is more astute than widely recognized By John McBeth   With its sparse 6.7 million population, land-locked Laos is often cast as a passive victim of pell-mell Chinese expansionism, a rich source of raw materials its giant neighbor craves and a … Continue reading Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam

China’s Alaska deal makes Russia shudder

Three Chinese state-run corporations signed an agreement with the government of the US State of Alaska on the production of liquefied natural gas on the territory of the state with its subsequent transportation to China. The contract is evaluated at 43 billion dollars Dmitriy Sudakov Noteworthy, the deal is paid for by US securities - … Continue reading China’s Alaska deal makes Russia shudder